asoftbird's recent activity

  1. Comment on Tool for adding trigger warnings to links in ~tech

    asoftbird
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    Probably helpful for things like twitter that auto-generate a preview image and headline.

    Probably helpful for things like twitter that auto-generate a preview image and headline.

    8 votes
  2. Comment on Möbius Front '83 - A tactical turn-based strategy game from Zachtronics, releasing November 5 for PC, Mac, and Linux in ~games

    asoftbird
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    l'd also recommend their free game design booklet which is available here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098840/ZACHLIKE/ iirc it also includes some playable game prototypes.

    l'd also recommend their free game design booklet which is available here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1098840/ZACHLIKE/

    iirc it also includes some playable game prototypes.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Do you use the ignore feature? What type of posts do you ignore? in ~tildes

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    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs". I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is...

    "text editors", "vim", "vi", "emacs".

    I subscribe to all tildes and generally enjoy the content, but l'm so incredibly tired of the frequent bickering in ~comp or ~tech about which text editor is the best. So l ignored that.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Computer built using swarms of soldier crabs in ~tech

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    This reads like an article on how someone built a computer in Dwarf Fortress using dwarves as logic units.

    This reads like an article on how someone built a computer in Dwarf Fortress using dwarves as logic units.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on For those of you who have had COVID-19, what was your experience like? in ~talk

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    As someone who's currently sick with a yet unknown disease (haven't covid tested yet) and chronic fatigue, l really hope it's not covid. The added fatigue would probably fuck up my life for a while :/

    As someone who's currently sick with a yet unknown disease (haven't covid tested yet) and chronic fatigue, l really hope it's not covid. The added fatigue would probably fuck up my life for a while :/

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Minecraft's Steve, Alex, Enderman and Zombie join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in ~games

    asoftbird
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    A decade ago, Minecraft absolutely wasn't as popular as it is today. 5 years, maybe, but Microsoft expanded the market reach quite a bit.

    A decade ago, Minecraft absolutely wasn't as popular as it is today. 5 years, maybe, but Microsoft expanded the market reach quite a bit.

    6 votes
  7. Comment on Automatically change incorrect ()[] Markdown syntax to the correct []() form for links in ~tildes

    asoftbird
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    well that's new to me!

    well that's new to me!

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Automatically change incorrect ()[] Markdown syntax to the correct []() form for links in ~tildes

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    Also, if an url ends in a closing ), like wikipedia does, can we make it so it fixes that if it happens? I think it's fixed by making it turn [text](website.com/(article)) into...

    Also, if an url ends in a closing ), like wikipedia does, can we make it so it fixes that if it happens?

    I think it's fixed by making it turn [text](website.com/(article)) into [text](website.com/(article\)), not sure though.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Alternative to TeamViewer for LAN? in ~comp

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    Got the solution already but, l use JumpDesktop for this. Authorize the pc once (or every time you want to log into it) and it'll connect effortlessly. Also, it's free. Works cross-platform...

    Got the solution already but, l use JumpDesktop for this. Authorize the pc once (or every time you want to log into it) and it'll connect effortlessly. Also, it's free. Works cross-platform too(though it's a one-time $15 on iPad), l use it to use my iPad as a windows laptop.

  10. Comment on Why some people change their wallpaper/profile picture more than others ? in ~talk

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    l don't think it's any deeper than "sometimes you just want to stare at something else after a while of looking at the same thing". I've got bird pics as icons and backgrounds & l change those...

    l don't think it's any deeper than "sometimes you just want to stare at something else after a while of looking at the same thing".

    I've got bird pics as icons and backgrounds & l change those regularly, often when l find a slightly nicer bird pic.

    8 votes
  11. Comment on Thoughts on feeling like you're posting too many links when there is not enough content in ~tildes

    asoftbird
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    Coming from every other site where bumping is discouraged (even at stackoverflow people generally don't like bumping), just the thought of replying to a post older than a few months doesn't even...

    Coming from every other site where bumping is discouraged (even at stackoverflow people generally don't like bumping), just the thought of replying to a post older than a few months doesn't even occur to me.

    And also, offtopic side convos will still bump things to the top, won't they?

    1 vote
  12. Comment on Thoughts on feeling like you're posting too many links when there is not enough content in ~tildes

    asoftbird
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    doesn't help if activity dies before replies can be made in 2030

    doesn't help if activity dies before replies can be made in 2030

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Thoughts on feeling like you're posting too many links when there is not enough content in ~tildes

    asoftbird
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    I'd respond more if l had time to do so.

    I'd respond more if l had time to do so.

    2 votes
  14. Comment on Are there any aspects of your mental life that you know/suspect to be idiosyncratic? in ~life

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    I can imagine any sound or song in any other known instrument or voice. Might be a common thing, who knows. It's nice because the inner radio plays almost constantly (I listen to a whole lot of...

    I can imagine any sound or song in any other known instrument or voice. Might be a common thing, who knows.
    It's nice because the inner radio plays almost constantly (I listen to a whole lot of music, never silent in my head) and I can sometimes just vary instruments, or just let someone else do the singing with a bit of effort. Fully useless as I can't really just plug a recorder in my head and record it, but it does make songs stuck in my head quite fun.

    Same for geometry; I do a lot of 3D modelling, and the ability to imagine shapes, unfold them like they're paper boxes, apply transformations and cuts just inside the head is so incredibly useful when trying to figure out how to model things. Primitive shapes like boxes, spheres, cones and lines go easily, things like polyhedrons don't because I don't have those memorized.

    Also, I'm primarily visually oriented in terms of thinking, but I need some time to reorganize concept into a format I can understand. As such, verbal instructions never work, but if you give me a written document I'll read it once and never forget it again.

    7 votes
  15. Intuitive music composition software

    For a class I have to compose soundtracks and music, and I have no experience whatsoever. Okay, I played classical guitar for a decade but I never was good at music theory and can barely read...

    For a class I have to compose soundtracks and music, and I have no experience whatsoever.
    Okay, I played classical guitar for a decade but I never was good at music theory and can barely read notes.

    My issue is that I come up with a tune, and I need to dump that information to a recording medium as soon as possible. Translating that tune into a short term memory and playing it out on my guitar doesn't work, as I'll end up forgetting it nearly instantly. The one instrument that I can play is whistling, but that's kinda hard to do for long.

    I'm looking for a more intuitive way to input notes into a computer.
    I was thinking of some kind of pitch slider that continuously plays a note (limited to notes, no microtones) that I can control with an external input device like a knob or potmeter / by moving my mouse up and down, and then hit a button to input that sound, moving on to the next note. No delays inbetween, just immediately starts playing a new note.

    Like the computer whistling a note for me, and me adjusting the pitch and length.

    I can move my mouse quite precisely & can adjust pitch pretty easily when whistling, it's just that translating music from head to an instrument will never be as intuitive as something like whistling.

    It's not supposed to be perfect, on-point music, just enough to record the vague idea and process it later. It also should be super minimalistic, I'd preferably only have the slider, the play/pause button, the confirm note button and a "save to file" button.

    I'm not sure where I can even start finding something remotely related to this. I've looked around and tried a bunch of music software, but it's all either complicated or unintuitive.

    Anyone know something like this?

    Edit: As this website puts it;

    Intuitive music composition requires that you hear the musicality of the music as you are composing it. Which means that you have no choice but to compose by playing.

    and

    You cannot intuitively compose music by entering note data into a software application.

    13 votes
  16. Comment on Sending and automating arbitrary HTTP requests with the iOS Shortcuts app in ~comp

    asoftbird
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    Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

    Aren't all of these standard iOS functions?

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What is something you hated as a youngster but now like as an adult? in ~talk

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    Waiting rooms! Or, waiting for long periods of time. I'd get bored quickly, but now l've learned the art of observing. As an artist, you're always building a visual library of information to...
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    Waiting rooms! Or, waiting for long periods of time.

    I'd get bored quickly, but now l've learned the art of observing. As an artist, you're always building a visual library of information to reference when drawing. When l'm bored, l start looking at my environment, at how light interacts with things, composition & trying to train my spatial sense by imagining changes to the room that would enhance the composition. Or imagining different light conditions.

    If you look at things from an art perspective, anything is beautiful/interesting. For example, l don't like fighting games at all, yet l watched an hour-long video on fighting game animations the other day. So much artistic skill that's hardly noticeable in the end result.

    Also, if art doesn't work; look at things from an industrial design perspective & try to figure out how it was made. If it's plastic, was it injection molded? Where's the parting line, injection point & are there any clever tricks to avoid having to use moving parts in the mold? If it's galvanized steel, was it thermally galvanized or electroplated? (hint: the former has holes to let the air out so the part doesn't explode in the zinc bath)

    And so on. There's always some way to look at things that makes them more interesting than you would expect.

    10 votes
  18. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

    asoftbird
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    Doesn't seem to run games well :/

    Doesn't seem to run games well :/

    1 vote
  19. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

    asoftbird
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    Oh valid, it's just time-proven not to be my favorite thing.

    Oh valid, it's just time-proven not to be my favorite thing.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on What sort of software do you want to see? in ~tech

    asoftbird
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    Hordes upon hordes of techs telling me to use it solely because of the linux circlejerk, that just gets annoying after a while. having to do things in a console isn't my jam; l highly prefer...
    1. Hordes upon hordes of techs telling me to use it solely because of the linux circlejerk, that just gets annoying after a while.
    2. having to do things in a console isn't my jam; l highly prefer visual interfaces & can't remember commands half the time. tried it a bunch of times with different versions & it just wasn't my jam thanks to having to do console stuff eventually. l'm no techie, just tech-adjacent.
    3 votes